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Murder Investigation Opened in Alvarado's Death

Police say they have positively identified a body found in a local park late last week as that of Danielle Hill Alvarado.  She was reported missing more than two-and-a-half years ago.
    Police say they first investigated the disappearance of Danielle Hill Alvarado as a missing persons case, but that changed once her body was recovered late last week.
    Manuel Borrego, chief of the Wichita Falls Police Department, says, "The body located and recovered in Burnett Park on Oct. 18, 2012 has been positively identified through the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office to be that of Danielle Alvarado."
    Alvarado was reported missing on Jan. 24, 2010.
    She had gone to church with her mother and grandmother that morning and on the way home, all three saw Danielle's husband outside their house, which is a few blocks from her mother and grandmothers house, clenching his fist and hitting his other hand.
    Police say her husband was the last person to see her alive.
    A missing persons case was was filed Feb. 2 of that year, but investigators say they've closed that case, and opened a new one.
    "Based on the injuries that were discovered during the autopsy, a murder investigation is being opened in this case," Borrego says.
    Wichita Falls Police Department, the Wichita County Sheriff's Office, the D.A's office, and the FBI's Evidence Recovery Team combined their efforts on the investigation.
    Alvarado's body was found buried off FM 368 near the Wichita River in Burnett Park.
    Authorities started looking in that area late Thursday evening.
    "We had some credible information that led us there," Borrego says.
    At the time of her disappearance, police say Danielle's husband, Johnathan Alvarado, said she just took off with a friend, but her family says Danielle would never leave her daughter, who was just five-years-old at the time.
    Johnathan Alvarado took his own life in Sept. 2011.
    He has past charges of resisting arrest and assault causing bodily injury to a family member.
    Police say because this is an open investigation, they can't speak on whether they have suspects in this case.
    They do, however, say it appears as if Danielle was targeted by her killer.
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